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    Apurimac River Rafting

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    Apurimac Rafting TourApurimac means “the oracle” or “the speaker of gods” in native Quechua language! The Apurimac River is the main source of the Amazon River, the longest river in the world! Apurimac has created a canyon that is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the States as it measures 3,000 meters! The river includes loads of rapids making it impossible for ship transport but an ideal place for rafting adventure. This provide us perfect conditions to experience exciting white water rafting vacation. By taking this tour you enjoy Daily River rafting trips and observing stunning nature and wildlife of the river and canyon and camp under the sky. This is supported by our professional rafting and camping equipment and a tour guide specialized in river rafting trips.

    Would you like to experience a greater rafting adventure than the Grand Canyon rafting? Get your river raft ready for these awesome rafting!


    Do you like adventure trips? Then do not miss these rafting holidays that is one of the best adventure trips in Peru!

    You start your rafting adventure by taking a transport in the morning to the Apurimac river valley passing the Andes on the way. There you get your special rafting equipment ready as well as you get a short training on rafting techniques and safety. After that you start rafting the Apurimac River passing rapids of class III and IV. In the end of the day, a campsite is set in a narrow gorge where you overnight after having dinner. On the second day you wake up early in the morning to make more river rafting trips passing other rapids of class III + IV. You enjoy rafting about 6 hours that day. After that you spend the night at a campsite with a campfire on the sandy beach and watching the sky. The third day is the day of our last rafting trip making some V class rapids. Then you also observe the wildlife of this isolated canyon having an opportunity to see animals such as condors, foxes, river otters, bobcats, cormorants and torrent ducks, among others. Later on you pack the equipment and start the return to Cusco arriving there in the afternoon. You finish this rafting tour (one of the best by the way) by taking a transport back to your hotel. Join and enjoy one of the 10 best rated rafting trips in Peru.

    Apurimac Rafting Overview

    Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Cusco and a professional Tour Guide specialized in rafting trips on Apurimac river.

    Accommodation: 2x campsite.
    Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner.
    Transportation: A private transportation, a river raft.

    Quick Itinerary:

    Day 01: Cusco – Apurimac River Canyon
    Day 02: Apurimac River
    Day 03: Apurimac River – Cusco

    Highlights of the Apurimac River Rafting:

    • A river rafting is rated among the 10 best rafting locations in Peru
    • 3 days of rafting holidays on the wild Apurimac river
    • Enjoyment of daily river rafting trips with many challenging rapids
    • Exploration of the Apurimac river canyon and its wildlife

    Why do we love this experience?

    • This combination of adventures has been recognized as one of the best trips in the world by National Geographic Traveler magazine.
    • Traveling the Salkantay route leads you to feel on top of the world, and in a way, you literally are.
    • Connect with mother nature in her purest expression. Feel the force of the moving water, camp on remote beaches, walk barefoot on the sand, fill your energy with adrenaline and also with the peace and tranquility that comes from being in the middle of an unexplored place.

    Day 01: Cusco – Apurimac River Canyon

    At 9 am, we start out our rafting holidays by a 4 hour ride northwest of Cusco (3,400 masl) across the Andes down to the Apurimac River Canyon – a 3,000 metre deep canyon, twice as deep as the U.S. Grand Canyon!! The 690 km long Apurimac River is the main source of the Amazon River making it the world´s longest river! These ensure us much better rafting contidions than a Grand Canyon rafting tour could offer us!

    When we reach the Huallpachaca Village (2,000 masl), we get ready our equipment (self-bailing rafts, paddles, oars, helmets, coolers, life-jackets, wet-suits and others) which takes about 2 hours. Then, we are given a talk on safety and rafting techniques such as know-how on getting back into a raft, a flip of a raft, swimming rapids, etc. Then, we have lunch to afterward start a water ride for about 2 hours doing rapids of class II and III. Later the afternoon, reach our first campsite situated in an impressive narrow gorge. There, we have dinner and overnight.

    Day 02: Apurimac River

    Next day, we start rafting Apurimac at around 9 am after a healthy breakfast. Today, we enjoy being in the white water for approx. 6 hours doing mostly class III and IV rapids! During that, we stop to have lunch and then we continue rafting down the river towards our second campsite. On the way, we get to a really narow canyon with a very difficult rapid that cannot be overcome so we have to carry our rafts for a while (approx. 7 minutes). At about 4 pm, we reach the campsite. Tonight, we enjoy dinner and campfire on a sandy beach under the sky of the southern hemisphere!

    Day 03: Apurimac River – Cusco

    On the last day of this amazing white water rafting vacation, we raft through a few of V class rapids. Except this adrenaline sport, we can also observe the local wildlife such as river otters, bobcats, foxes, torrent ducks, condors and cormorants in this remote and isolated canyon After 3-4 hours in water, we have to finish and pack our river raft and other equipment. We finish our adventure trips by a return to Cusco on our private vehicle reaching it at about 5 pm. There, you are taken back to your hotel and thus your tour finishes. Or, maybe you can ask us about our other rafting tours.


    What is included in this tour?

    • Pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing);
    • Transport by a private van to the starting point and back to Cusco;
    • Professional class V river rafting Tour Guide,
    • Safety talk on rafting techniques;
    • Rafting equipment: the best quality self-baling rafts, paddles, a helmet, a life jacket, a spray jacket and a wet-suit;
    • Waterproof bags for personal items;
    • Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch and 2x dinner;
    • Camping equipment: personal double tents,Term-a-rest mattress, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents.

    Not Included:

    • Pre & post tour accommodation,
    • International nor national flights
    • Airport departure taxes,
    • Meals not mentioned,
    • Travel insurance,
    • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
    • Other extras not specified.

    Meal budget: Please allow USD 20 for meals not included.

    Solo Traveller: Please note that if you have booked the “Solo Traveler” option for this tour, you receive your own single tent.

    Local flights: No flights are included in the price of tour!

    Apurimac River Rafting

    An expedition in white and white waters, an exciting experience, ranked among the 10 best Rafting trips in the world.

    The famous canyon of the Apurimac river “The God who speaks” or “The talking river God of the Incas” ideal for practicing sports activities such as boating by the force of the waters of its river. The route in the apurimac is quite demanding and requires absolute concentration. Those who know the apurimac always say that he is the one who is in charge, for this reason the river deserves all possible respect. No precaution is too much for those who dare to venture into its waters.

    The Apurimac River is one of the most visited places by athletes who like adrenaline, considered one of the deepest in America as well as one of the best rivers in the world for white water rafting with class II rapids. III to V. With an excellent climate and a roller coaster feeling on top of the boat, they are interspersed with peaceful sections in which the raft is carried away by the river, while extraordinary rock formations are appreciated. During the afternoon the expedition leaves the river to stand on sandy beaches and set up camp. Campfires, a star-covered sky and the sound of the river mark nights of tranquility and meditation.

    Additional Information:

    Remember to carry your things in a waterproof bag.

    • Class I and II rapids: They are simple without risk, something exciting.
    • Class III rapids: They are exciting, with some risk.
    • Class IV rapids: They are very exciting and risky.
    • Class V rapids: They are pure adrenaline although they represent an extreme risk.

    What is the best season to go?

    The flow of the apurimac varies according to the season. The best time to visit it is between the months of May and October.

    Thanks to perurafting.com and Mayuc.com you can see the route that takes place in the Apurí-mac River classified as one of the 10 best Rafting trips in the world.

    Apurimac River Rafting Essentials

    Suggested Items:

    • Sandals or slippers for the river
    • Two pairs of stocking for the river and others for the camp
    • A light sleeping bag and mat
    • A hat for the sun
    • Insect repellent
    • Flashlight with spare batteries
    • A water bottle
    • Pants and long-sleeved shirt
    • Sunscreen, towel and personal hygiene Items

    If you want to travel by one of the best rivers in the world to make river rafting there is nothing better than crossing the waters of the Apurimac River which crosses the trails of the homonymous region and Cusco.

    The Apurimac River counts with rapids of level III, IV and V. The best season to find them is between the months of May to December. If you want to get rapids from the first three levels, it is ideal to take the nascent of the river in Apurimac. On the other hand, if you want to get rapids of greater difficulty, the ideal is to follow the channel that travels through Cusco and reaches the level V of difficulty.

    The different types of rapids that this river has, allows that the difficulty of practicing river rafting in the area to fluctuate between the moderate to the difficult level. It is recommended to go in the company of specialists since the route of the river is interrupted by the presence of cataracts.

    Apuri­mac River


    The Apurímac River is one of the main rivers of Peru, which constitutes the upper part of the Ucayali River course, and part of the main course of the Amazon River.

    Peru is undoubtedly a varied and privileged country and has 85% of the world’s microclimates and therefore a similar percentage of all the world’s flora and fauna, the Andean highlands, the thaws of the mountain chain of the Andes, cause the formation of lakes, lagoons and rivers throughout the mountains of Peru, which generates an excellent habitat for the development of the three varieties of trout that exist in Peru: the golden trout, the rainbow trout, and the Brown trout and sardines and the fish that our ancestors, the Incas assumed and still here in Cuzco – Peru, is found in some rivers called Jahuaco fish, which have caught fish (trout) with a weight of 2 to 10 kls . However, it is possible to find specimens weighing 500 gr in the spining (butterfly) and fly fishing lagoons. At 2 kg. Almost in all the mountain rivers, but in some rivers there are still good specimens as in the Apurimac River, fishing is recommended between the months, from May to October, especially with butterfly using the Nos. 1 to 3.

    Characteristics of the Apurímac River

    This river is located within the canyon that bears the same name, 166 km from the city of Cusco, and is the natural boundary between the departments of Cusco and Apurímac. The name “Apurímac” comes from Quechua which means “Apu”, divinity, and “Rimac”, talkative. Once you step on its shores to carry out any activity, you will realize why they gave it such a remarkable name. You can hear how the river “speaks” throughout its journey by hitting its waters with the rocks and the immense walls that welcome it.

    The river originates from the snowmelt Mismi, belonging to the Chila mountain range, in the Arequipa region at 5597 m.a.s.l. and it is considered as the source of the Amazon River. This receives several tributaries that bear the names of the hamlets or the arable lands that they cross.


    The Apurímac river has its origin in the Andes mountain range, in the Nevado Mismi mountain (5597 m), between Cuzco and Arequipa, 650 kilometers southeast of Lima and 160 km west of the Lake Titicaca basin, being the most distant from the Amazon basin.


    The Apurímac River flows to the northwest, flowing through the regions of Cuzco and Ayacucho, constituting the dividing line between these two departments, on the right bank is the province of La Convencion and on the left bank, the provinces of La Mar and Huanta.

    In its course, the Upper Apurímac of torrential waters and relatively narrow cause can be distinguished, which runs from the source to the confluence with the Pampas. And then the Lower Apurímac, with calm waters and wide riverbed, until its confluence with the Mantaro (at 430 m.a.s.l.) from this point it receives the name of Ene, a point that marks the triple confluence between the regions of Junín, Ayacucho and Cuzco.

    Further down, the Ene, having received the waters of the Urubamba River from the right, becomes the Ucayali River. For much of its 700 km of route, it flows through narrow canyons and its journey is interrupted by waterfalls and rapids.


    Apurímac that “speaks as lord” is the river, whose sources are in the Villafro and Huarahuarco lagoons, in the heights of the Vilcanota mountain range, identified by some geographers as the most remote origin of Apurímac. The vast region crossed by the Apurímac River is of extraordinary historical richness and in ancient times they gave this river the name of Cápac Mayu for saying that he was the prince of all the rivers of the world (Garcilaso).



    The Apurimac River is one of the best rivers in the world for canoeing, as it has the right conditions for practicing this sport: excellent weather, rapids and beautiful sandy beaches for camping.

    Excellent place for sport fishing

    For lovers of sport fishing, nature and adventure, the Apurimac River is the place to be.
    In this beautiful river you can fish for the nocturnal fish “Jahuaco”, said fish is only caught at night, as well as other species such as trout and sardines. Likewise, you will enjoy the excellent panorama, flora and fauna that are in the place.

    Apuri­mac River Canyon

    The Apurimac River canyon is considered one of the deepest in the world at 4,691 meters deep, with a basin 350 kilometers long, where water has patiently carved the valley for millions of years. For many it is one of the most incredible destinations for trekking, canoeing that covers almost all levels of difficulty and because the views are simply amazing.

    Countless travelers’ stories from the time of the conquest to the present day that leave records of its imposing beauty, when these two slopes face each other. So beautiful is the landscape and so strong is his energy that Tupac Yupanqui built Choquequirao here, one of his residences just like Machu Picchu was, only this is not as well known for its difficult access.

    It is a place with a wealth of flora and fauna that are worth any trip to explore it, you may see everything from spectacled bears, toucans, leopards, to the indescribable and inspiring flight of Andean birds such as the condor. It is about those places where it seems that God took great pains in creation.


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